Employee Spotlight : Joshua Hinkle

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If you could look up names like words in a dictionary, the name Joshua Hinkle would be described as “quick study, collaborator and cool as a cucumber”— all written in bold font under his name.

“He’s done an amazing job pulling together folks, sharing his knowledge, finding applications and diving in.” -Audrey Sherrill, Director or Operations, Process & Analytics Project Manager

Material requires a specific formula composed of quick thinking, multi-tasking, and an in-depth knowledge of the packaging/production process. It would be an understatement to say that Josh has all those attributes, and then some.

Josh works with Amy Scheel – Impak Regional Sales Manager. “Being in sales, it is wonderful knowing I have a project manager that is truly a partner and an extension of me,” Amy said. “Josh is so positive and professional, he is a person you want on your team. His mix of creativity and analytical thinking helps elevate every project we work on.”

For fourteen years, Josh’s father owned dairy farm in the quaint town of Springtown, Texas. During those years, Josh grew up around the usual stereotype of farm animals—cows, chickens, goats, pigs—but an interest in agriculture wasn’t in the cards for Josh. When the farm was sold in 2001, Josh turned his sights elsewhere in terms of his education. He attended Texas A & M University and received a B.S. in Visualization—the study of the art and science in the traditional and digital visual communication—then dove into the hassle of finding a career that was not too hot, not too cold, but ‘just right.’

Through a sequence of unique experiences and opportunities, Josh finally found his niche in packaging. “It took me a while to find my career path after college,” Josh told us, “but I finally found that the packaging world really piqued my interest.”

Here’s more Q&A with Impak’s multi-talented, multi-skilled, master multi-tasker Joshua Hinkle.

1. Tell us about your position at Impak—how long you’ve worked there— and what you do on a daily basis.

I started working with Impak as a Project Manager in November, 2018. Every day, I work closely with a sales representative to interpret what the customer is looking for in regards to packaging and help research/develop it with our factory partners. Once the packaging is developed, I manage it through the production and shipping process until the package is delivered to the customer.

2. What was the best vacation you’ve ever had?

My best vacation was when I got to study abroad in Bonn, Germany for a full semester. Every weekend, I traveled to a new country to experience the food and culture.

3. Favorite comfort food?

Any type of BBQ with ALL the sides!

4. Best TV show you’ve ever seen?

For serious drama, I’d have to say Game of Thrones. But, for something I could watch every day, and never get tired of, then I’d have to say Bob’s Burgers.

5. During your days off, what will we find you doing?

My wife and I are always out and about on the weekends; either hanging with our close friends, watching the latest movies, going to museums or looking for our next food adventure.

6. Do you have a bucket list? If so, what’s something on there you have yet to do?

Yes I do! My wife and I are eager to travel to Japan and experience all it has to offer.

7. Do you have anything big planned for 2019?

Nothing big planned for 2019 other than saving up money for our honeymoon in 2020. We just got married in October 2018 and we would like to go overseas to either Japan or Europe.

8. Most challenging part about working with Impak?

There’s always something to work on while I’m in the office. It makes the days go by fast, but it also makes you wish you had a little more time to get everything done.

9. Best part of working with Impak?

The people! Everyone is so friendly and supportive.

10. What made you pursue packaging? What instances/ experiences led you to Impak?

I’ve always been interested working in a creative field because of the small team atmosphere. You really get to know everybody on the team and they become your work family. My first foray into packaging was in during first job as a Client Coordinator (a title that mostly focused on product, not packaging). The customer I was working with was selling robes in various colors/patterns. The approved packaging had an image of a model wearing each particular robe which was folded up in the zipper bag. The only robe that wasn’t photographed on the model was a cheetah print robe. We didn’t have the time or money in our budget to re-shoot the piece, so I used my Photoshop background to alter the image. Viola, cheetah! Though I wouldn’t consider myself an artist, I was able make the alteration and the customer loved it. After a couple of months, I got to see the cheetah print robe sitting on the store shelves with my Photoshop work. Although no one would know it, I thought it was the coolest thing in the world to be able to say I had a hand in making that happen. Ultimately, this experience led me down the path to pursue packaging as my main focus.

11. Who inspires you the most and why?

My grandfather, Frank. He could make friends with complete strangers and was willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.

12. Inspiring quote you live by?

There are many variations, but I try to follow the Golden Rule: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.

It’s a true pleasure to have Josh a part of the Impak team! With grit and a great attitude, he’s truly one of our favorites. This month he’s gearing for the GOT release (April 14!) and hopefully we’ll be seeing honeymoon pics from Japan in the not-too-far future! If you have any questions for our spotlight employee, you’ll find him here:

Joshua Hinkle | OFFICE 855.544.6725 ext:232 | EMAIL jhinkle@impakretail.com

Caleb Lummer